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Bravo, Bravo, Bravo on beautiful restoration

May 18 2007 at 3:43 PM
W.Kent West  (no login)

Response to About that boat next to me.

My dad's last two boats were a 1950's 36' Commander and 1962 ( ? ) Connie. The boat before the Commander was a 40'Matthews. All classics as far as I am concerned.

It has been slow a commin but I now have the bug for one of these boats so bad it is killing me. The boat in the background may be close to the Connie we had but cannot tell for certain. Ours did not have a rear stateroom and since I seem to have settled on the 37' Connie I would want to duplicate what dad had. Least that is the present thinking. Can you tell me if this boat is for sale and whether it does have the rear stateroom? Are the decks all teak? That is a must in spite of the upkeep. Do you know a contact name and number?

I have had boats all my life( fiberglass )but have never seriously considered doing what I am now considering. Maybe like all who have taken this leap I think I may be a little, maybe lots, nuts but there is an attraction ( love ) for these boats which I can no longer ignore. I plan to keep her on one of the Highland lakes in central Texas ( Travis or lake LBJ ) and just sort of put-put around the lake, anchor, have a few toddies and just enjoy. Frankly, just lounging around a boat in the marina gives me untold pleasure and the idea of doing it on the Connie makes me almost giddy. Seem to got it bad,huh?

I remain undecided if I should try and find one that has already been restored ( so far no luck as I am very picky ) or take your route. Even if I find a good restoration I have already decided to customize the interior and this appears will require a complete interior gutting except for maybe front V berths and head. One additionl problem I would have should I purchase one not restored is I would have to find someone to do the work. What few talents God blessed me with were not of the wood working variety. As far as I am concerned those who have this skill are artists and I greatly admire their talents.

Anyway, bravo for your restoration and I very much enjoyed your photo essay. Enjoy and God bless.

Kent West

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